Category: Austrian economics

Medicaid Expansion: Compassion or Trojan Horse?

This nationwide network of rural hospitals was established in the 1940s by the federal government. For the most part they were quite successful with few closures, that is, until the first year of Obamacare regulations came on line – 2010. Obamacare then began to smother these community hospitals with shortsighted regulations that do nothing to limit costs. These regulations included penalties for patient re-admittance if done too soon after initial release, mandates to establish electronic medical records, as well as cuts in Medicare reimbursements to hospitals. While one hand of Obamacare beats these hospitals with a stick (regulation), the other hand offers a Band-Aid (Medicaid expansion); truly a case of governmental cognitive dissonance.

Pool your own resources

So, it’s not that people want access to a pool per se, (clearly there is already “access” locally), it’s that they want someone else to foot the lion share of the bill. Getting the county to provide these things means that when you utilize them a disproportionate burden of the cost is shifted to (a) all those with a higher property value than yours and (b) all those that use it less than you do. Subsidization, pure and simple.

February 04 / 2015
Author Greg Morin
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Substitute Band Leader

… while he (the President) praises the capacity for the American economy to foster vigorous job growth he is entirely oblivious to the fact that the rate of productive job creation scales with the level of individual freedom … and thus being so oblivious he then calls for yet another layer of regulation that is guaranteed to retard the very job growth he praises.

January 27 / 2015

Eliminate, Don’t Raise, the Minimum Wage

Argumentum ad populum Of the various flavors of government interventionism in our lives, the minimum wage is perhaps the most welcomed. It appeals not only to our innate sense of “fairness” but also to our self-interest. It’s allure may erroneously lead us to the conclusion that because “it is popular” ergo “it is right”. Arguments […]

August 19 / 2013
September 17 / 2012
Author Greg Morin
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